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Essential Buys For Back To School

backpackIf you’re reading this message, congratulations, you’ve made it through the Easter half term. But if entertaining your family for the past two weeks kept you far too busy to plan ahead for the new school term, fear not! We’ve gathered together some of the latest and greatest deals from our range of excellent value children‘s clothing and accessories, with discounts of up to 41% applied to certain items. Happy shopping!

If there’s one thing that any parent will tell you, it’s that kids grow out of shoes almost as soon as they’re bought for them. With that in mind, these Mirak School Shoes are perfect for the new term ahead. Available in both boys and girls styles, their sturdy build and smart black finish make them the ideal footwear choice for kids as they take to the playground. Shoes for P.E. are sorted too, with these Mirak Unisex Plimsolls boasting elasticated gussets and a simple slip-on design for easy on-off access.

If you’re looking for an outer layer that’s perfect for adding warmth but also easy to adjust when conditions improve, this Jerzees Schoolgear Childrens Fleece Cardigan is the ideal solution. Available in a variety of colours including smart and school-friendly black, the button-down design makes it easy to pair with any school or polo shirt, perfect for slipping on as they head outside at lunchtime.awdis

With warmer weather on the horizon, summertime school-wear will soon be a must. This Just Cool Unisex Kids Plain Polo Shirt is made with innovative Neoteric fabric, designed to wick away sweat from the body for easy evaporation, making it the ideal choice to keep kids cool in school throughout the warmer months.

A durable rucksack is essential for keeping your kids belongings safe both to and from school and throughout the school-day itself. Available in a wide variety of colours, this Beechfield Junior Backpack is the perfect choice, and with 14 litres of storage space, there’s room for everything they need to get them through the day. Those looking for something to safely hold onto P.E. supplies are also in luck, with this Shugon Drawstring Tote Bag currently available for just £1.24 in our current sale.

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How To Keep Cool And Banish Sweat From Your Workout

jogladyjogWhen it comes to working out, most of us can admit that we need all the help we can get. With our modern-day lifestyles growing ever more hectic, it can be hard to make time to hit the gym or slide into our running gear for a jog around the block, particularly when the outcome leaves you tired, sore and soggy with sweat. But are you wearing the right thing? Many of us jump at the chance to try the latest superstar diets and flock to whatever workout class is suddenly in fashion, but when it comes to effective exercise, your wardrobe choices play a bigger part than you might think.

Perhaps one of the most off-putting aspects of exercise is the sweat factor. Whether or not you buy into the old adage of ‘If you’re not sweating, you’re not doing it right’, perspiration is a natural part of the workout process, and even though it may be tough to prevent it, innovations such as Adidas’ Climacool technology can help to minimise its lasting impact.

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Made from a combination of warmth and moisture management materials, the Adidas Climacool sportswear range is designed to move heat and sweat away from the body through ventilation channels built into its three-dimensional fabric. These channels allow air to reach the skin, instead of locking it beneath a wall of dense material that acts as a perspiration prison, thus allowing moisture to evaporate and escape instead of lingering on your body.

But how did they come up with it? The first step was to use sophisticated infrared cameras to generate thermal body maps of athletes in action. These were analysed and used to identify the key spots where sweat formed during a particular exercise. From there, the Adidas team were able to design ways of ensuring that fresh air reached the problem areas.
fielFor those that want an even more comprehensive cooling experience, Adidas just last month launched an enhanced range called Climachill. The new collection features strategically-placed aluminium cooling spheres sewn into the fabric, providing an instant cooling sensation and drawing heat further from the body.

Perhaps most importantly, Adidas have been quick to acknowledge that our bodies react differently to different sports. To this end, the Adidas Climacool range covers everything from golf and running gear to rugby and football kits, ensuring that whatever you take on, you’re guaranteed protection that is designed with you in mind.

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Keep Your Kids Happy This Easter Half Term

As any child between the age of five and fifteen will tell you, the half-term break is fast approaching. Yes, you may have only just recovered from Christmas, but next week they’ll spill out of the school-gates and be ready to run wild once again. Here are our top buys to ensure your little ones make the most of their time off.

Although a seaside paddle may still be a few months off, a day out at the local pool is sure to entertain your brood (and hopefully wear them out nicely too!). With an elasticated, drawstring waist and in a choice of three colours, these Cargo Bay Boys Hawaiian Print Swimming Shorts are perfect for young swimmers looking to take to the water, and this vibrant Heart Prink Halterneck Swimming Costume is ideal for girls who want to stand out from the crowd.

Whilst spring may (finally) be rearing its head, there’s no guarantee that Mother Nature‘s going to give us an easy ride as we slide into summer. So, whilst you’re planning your next big adventure, slip these B&C Sirocco Lightweight Jackets into their backpacks. Designed with the K-Way system, they’re easy to fold into the small pouch attached to the jacket, making it the perfect answer to an unexpected rain shower. Trust us, you’ll thank us later.

Whatever your kids are passionate about, half-term is the perfect time to indulge their interests. If you’ve got a budding baker in the family, brighten up the kitchen (and protect their clothes!) with the Premier Kids Bib Apron. For the sportier youngster, these Lotto Spider Football Boots are sure to go down a treat, with a Velcro fastener and six removable studs making them ideal for the pitch. If your little ones are more interested in ballet than the ball, these Full Foot Silky Dance Tights will ensure they’re ready to take to the stage.

If the idea of entertaining your kids for a whole two weeks has already got you biting your nails then there’s no sense in waiting until half-term winds down to buy your back-to-school supplies. With a stylish black finish and Velcro straps for security, these Mirak school shoes are perfect for their return to the playground, and in both boys and girls styles there’s something for everyone. P.E. supplies are also sorted thanks to this kids Unisex Sport Polo Shirt and these Shadow Stripe Sports Shorts, and this smart Quadra Kids Backpack is perfect for keeping their belongings safe and sound during the hustle and bustle of the school run.

Be sure check out Universal Textiles‘ full children’s range for further inspiration!

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Grab A Bargain In The B&C Clothing Sale

Here at Universal Textiles we love a good bargain, and that includes the ones we offer to our customers! This week marks the start of the B&C sale, with sizable price cuts applied to the brand’s full range. Take a look at our choice picks below! First up we have the B&C Childrens Sirocco Lightweight Jacket. Just in time for half term, this piece boasts a double-slider zip system and comes in a choice of six colours including green, yellow and royal blue. The jacket also incorporates the K-Way system, allowing it to fold into a small pouch when not needed. With this ultra-portable approach and 24% shaved off the original price-tag, it’s the perfect way to keep your little ones dry this Easter. Don’t let the April showers fool you, summer is on the Horizon. If you’re searching for a casual, lightweight garment to keep you cool throughout the warmer months, look no further than the B&C Ladies Patti Tank Top Vest. Bringing together a wide crew-neck collar and double-stitched arm-holes, this 100% cotton piece will ensure that you feel the sun on your skin whether you’re at home or abroad, and at just £4.24 you can shop guilt-free! The B&C Mens Long Sleeve Oxford Shirt is perfect for the office worker looking to stay sharp this Spring-time. Made of high quality Oxford fabric with an Easy Care finish, this piece offers a sleek, button-down collar and comes in a choice of five colours, including Blue Chip and Silver Moon. With 23% knocked off the original price, it’s a stylish purchase at an affordable price for any formal occasion. The B&C Real+ Thermo-Isolated Jacket is a must-have for those who don’t let the weather stop them from getting out and about. Available in both mens and womens sizes and in a selection of six colours, the Jacket offers protection from the elements with its waterproof and windproof build, as well as its warm quilt padding and a concealed drawstring hood. With almost a quarter of the original price slashed, it’s essential for any outdoor adventurer at £29.24. Click here to see the full range of items in the B&C sale, happy shopping!

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An Extra 15% Off All Fleeces

With the temperatures dropping, you may have found yourself needing an extra layer in recent days. At Universal Textiles we are offering an extra 15% off our entire range of Men’s, Women’s and Children’s Fleeces next week. From top brands such as Regatta and Result, these great Fleeces are sure to keep you warm. Here we take a look at a small selection of the range.

Firstly from UCC we have this Men’s Polar Fleece Jacket. The full zip jacket provides exceptional warmth and a reversible zip puller. Available in three colours, it is ideal for work and casual wear. The drawcord and toggles at the fleece’s hem help to maintain heat and the two zip pockets allow valuables to be stored safely.

Next from Regatta, this Men’s Thor Fleece. Renowned for the exceptional quality of their outdoor wear, a Regatta fleece is a guaranteed item of quality. This particular fleece has fleece cuffs and an adjustable shockcord hem to keep you warm. Made from high quality anti-pilling fabric, this half zip fleece is both lightweight and comfortable, making it ideally suited to outdoor pursuits.

Great to be worn alone or underneath a coat on particularly cold days, the SG Ladies Fleece Jacket is made from a tightly knitted compact pile meaning it has less bulk than a traditional outdoor fleece. The anti-pill fleece has a full zip and comes in six colours.

The Harvest Sarasosta Ladies Fleece Jacket is a garment of exceptional quality. The double face jacket is made with a wind-stopping membrane and is both wind and water resistant. With an elastic bottom hem and warm fleece lining, the jacket will keep you both dry and warm. Available in four colours, this jacket will serve you well in all weathers.

From our extensive range of Result’s innovative outdoor wear, we have this Kid’s Micron Fleece Jacket. This warm and lightweight jacket is made in a super stretch fit design, taking into account children’s growth. The easycare fabric means the jacket can be washed and dried in minutes. The anti-pill fleece has an easy open full front zip and two side pockets.

Lastly, from Jerzees, we have a great Quarter Zip Fleece Top. Ideal for school, this plain jacket has a soft and comfortable feel. Cord pulls are attached to all zips for ease of use and the cadet collar helps to keep the wearer warm. Available in six colours, this unisex fleece is perfect for keeping your kids warm this winter.

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Choosing Men’s Women’s and Children’s Polo Shirts

This week we are rewarding newsletter subscribers with an extra 15% off our entire range of Men’s, Women’s and Children’s Polo Shirts. A classic design suited to any time of year, the Polo Shirt is a stylish and versatile garment. With a wide range of styles and designs available, here we take a look at just a few of the great Polo Shirts we have on offer.

The double stripe tipping on the collar and cuffs of this Fruit of the Loom Mens Polo makes for one of the iconic Polo Shirt designs. Made with 100% cotton, the three button design is simple yet classic. Available in seven colours, this is a great piece for many an occasion.

Like the classic short sleeve polo, the long sleeve design offers an equally fashionable alternative. This Henbury Mens Polo is great as an individual piece or as part of a layered outfit (with a casual jacket for example). The fit is smart enough for work but casual enough to be worn as an everyday piece.

We also stock a wide variety of Women’s Polo Shirts, including this Gamegear Ladies Sleeveless Polo which represents a modern twist on a classic design. It offers the classic roll tip collar and contrast trim, yet the sleeveless design lends itself to sporting activity through increased ease of movement.

An equally sporting design next, in the form of this Front Row Striped Rugby Polo. With the classic rugby collar and long sleeves, this polo has a bold striped design on each arm. The elastane reinforced cuffs give durability and shape retention to this high quality 100% cotton garment. Perfect for walks in the country and the like, the polo comes in a slimmer feminine fit.

Lastly in the women’s section we have the Henbury Ladies Contrast Polo. This stylish slim fit design is an ever popular choice with our customers, with the subtle contrast design under the collar and on the inner placket making this garment both understated and eye-catching.

Our Children’s Polo Shirts are great for both school and casual wear, with this Fruit of the Loom Kids Polo being an example of this. The long sleeve design is great for helping them staying warm on colder days. Made with Easycare fabric, this garment is easy to clean regardless of what your kids manage to get up to!

Great for PE lessons, the Just Cool Sports Polo comes in ten bold colours. Made with Neoteric TM textured fabric, this is a breathable polo shirt which expels moisture quickly from the body keeping your child comfortable when wearing.

To view our full range of Men’s, Women’s and Children’s Polo Shirts, click here.

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Choosing Men’s T-Shirts and Tops

For many men, the T-Shirt is an integral part of their day to day attire. A versatile garment suited to many outfits, the T-Shirt can be worn throughout the year. Yet with so many styles and designs to choose from, it can be hard to decide which T-Shirts to buy. Here we take a look at a small selection of the T-Shirts available from Universal Textiles.

The retro styling of the baseball shirt is very much on trend at present, with this Fruit of the Loom Baseball T-Shirt being an example. It is available in both short and long sleeves, with a fine knit gauge making printing easier if required. Made from 100% cotton, this product is both high quality and great value.

The Baseball T-Shirt is just one of our extensive range of Fruit of the Loom T-Shirts and Tops. All made to Fruit of the Loom’s exceptionally high standards whilst also offering incredible value for money, you can understand why products such as this Fruit of the Loom Mens T-Shirt are so popular with our customers.

Now the temperatures are beginning to drop again, this Gildan Long Sleeve T-Shirt will be ideal. Made from heavyweight but breathable fabric, this garment can be worn alone or with a coat or jacket. Available in a multitude of colours, this smart-casual piece is suited to many an occasion.

For those looking for something a little different to the standard T-Shirt, this Canvas Deep V-Neck T-Shirt provides a great alternative. This bold style is very much suited to the modern man and can look great coupled with a pair of skinny jeans on a night out.

Another increasingly popular design is the Y-Neck T-Shirt. This Skinni Fit Buttoned T-Shirt is a great example of this. Styled with a contrasting trim around the neck, arm and hem and with a buttoned neckline (hence Y-Neck), this 100% cotton piece is one of the defining garments of this summer’s fashion.

We also stock several vest tops, both for casual and sporting wear. Two examples of the sporting range are the Gamegear Sleeveless Vest Top and the Hanes Sports Vest Top. Both come in several colours, with the Gamegear top having contrasting side panels. The Hanes top is made from breathable high wicking fabric (which draws moisture from the body) whilst the Gamegear piece is made from Cooltex fabric which improves air circulation and allows moisture to escape.

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Choosing Women’s T-Shirts and Tops

The sun is shining down on us, and the winter jumpers have been put firmly to the back of the wardrobe! Here at Universal Textiles we’re offering discounts across our range of T-Shirts and Tops this week, making sure you’re equipped for the heatwave. We’ve got great products from top brands such as Fruit of the Loom and Gildan, plus an extra 15% off all our T-Shirts and Tops for newsletter subscribers this week. Here we shall focus specifically on women’s T-Shirts and Tops, helping you decide which ones to buy.

This Fruit of the Loom Strap Vest offers great value for money. A traditional and established brand, Fruit of the Loom garments are a guarantee of quality. Made from 100% cotton and available in a variety of colours, this timeless design is a summer wardrobe staple.

Next we have this Bella Boxy T-Shirt. Cropped in length and with a wide neck, it is designed with an oversized, relaxed fit to keep you cool this summer. The brand, Bella + Canvas, adheres to the highest and most stringent of quality standards, and this is reflected in this stylish and simple garment.

The Brave Soul Diamante Vest Top offers both practicality and style. Equally suited to casual wear and evenings out, this top provides a fashionable edge to your day to day. Available in a variety of colours, this is one of a range of original vest tops designed by Brave Soul which are available on our website.

We are proud to offer several products from Gildan. They are a brand who not only provide top quality clothing, but also pride themselves on their ethical and environmental practices. The Gildan Short Sleeve T-Shirt and Gildan Vest Top are both made from 100% ringspun cotton. The Tank Top is produced with deluxe 30s soft style yarns and both are made with a tapered fit giving great quality, style and comfort.

Finally, from Bella + Canvas once again, we have this Bella Lightweight T-Shirt. With a relaxed longer body length and deep scoop neck. This lightweight T-Shirt will leave you feeling cool and refreshed whilst providing effortless style this summer.

To view our full range of Ladies T-Shirts and Tops, click here.

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